Security Expert: ISIS, Al Qaeda In A Race To See Who Can Attack NYC First

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Reverberations from the Paris terror attack are being felt here in the Big Apple.

The NYPD is on high alert as it guards senstive spots. The FBI is investgating local terror links and its experts say ISIS and al Qaeda are in a race to strike here, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Friday.

From the French consulate to synagogues to transit hubs to news organizations in Times Square, the NYPD has visibly increased security in New York City following the attack on a newspaper in Paris.

Experts told Kramer the worry is real because of the changing face of terror in the world, and because New York City remains the number one terror target on the planet.

“There’s a race going on between al Qaeda and ISIS. Whoever gets to that end game first is going to get bigger resources,” security expert Manny Gomez said, adding…

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Second Lawsuit Filed Challenging Pa. Law Restricting Speech

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By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The ACLU has filed a first amendment lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s Attorney General and the Philadelphia District Attorney, challenging what they’re calling the “Silencing Act.”

As it turns out, convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal filed to strike the same law in November.

The Revictimization Relief Act was signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett just weeks after Mumia Abu-Jamal gave a recorded commencement speech to a Vermont College. The law allows victims to sue their offenders for any conduct that causes “mental anguish”…including speech.

“This law is just simply unconstitutional under the first amendment, you just cannot restrain speech in this manner,” explains Vic Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

Walczak represents the plaintiffs, which include the Philadelphia City paper, as well as journalists and ex-offenders no longer in prison.

“It’s going to prevent the journalists from reporting what’s going on…

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Seoul Could Deport an American Author for Praising North Korea


A Korean-American author living in South Korea faces deportation after making supposedly pro-Pyongyang comments during a lecture late last year— including a remark about the Hermit Kingdom’s palatable beer.

On Thursday, prosecutors called on the Korea Immigration Service to deport Shin Eun-mi for violating the state’s security laws, according to the Associated Press.

South and North Korea have agreed an armistice but are still technically at war. This means that comments overtly complementary of communist-ruled North Korea are viewed very seriously in the south and can be punished by up to seven years in prison.

Shin reportedly said during a lecture in November that many North Korea defectors had a desire to return home one day and claimed that the rivers in the People’s Democratic Republic were much less polluted than those in South Korea. She also lauded the taste of North Korea’s state-produced lager.

The California resident has made…

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TSA Considering New Security Measures For Airport Workers

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is considering additional security measures for airport and airline employees, federal officials said Thursday.

The announcement from the Department of Homeland Security came weeks after five people were arrested in a gun-smuggling operation involving passenger jets traveling between Atlanta and New York City. One of those arrested was a Delta baggage handler and ramp agent who worked at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson visited the airport on Thursday to review U.S. Customs and Border Protection and TSA operations.

Additional security measures could include enhanced airline-employee screenings, random security checks and additional TSA and law enforcement patrols in secure areas, officials said in a statement. The Aviation Security Advisory Committee has also been asked to review the security of airports nationwide to identify all potential ways the Department of Homeland Security can address airport security vulnerabilities.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, praised…

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Voracek Sends Flyers to 3-2 Overtime Victory Over Capitals


PHILADELPHIA — Jakub Voracek scored 1:28 into overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Voracek scored his 16th goal of the season on the power player to give the Flyers their second win of the homestand. They had their first shootout win since 2013 against Ottawa on Tuesday.

Alex Ovechkin and Karl Alzner scored for the Capitals, who twice blew one-goal leads.

R.J. Umberger and Sean Courturier also scored for the Flyers.

Alzner put the Capitals ahead 2-1 early in the third on a shot from the left point that appeared to skim off Ovechkin and into the net. After a lengthy review on a potential high stick call on Ovi, the goal stood and the Caps went up 2-1.

Alzner’s fourth goal of the season is just three shy of matching his career total in six seasons coming into…

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President Obama Proposes Free Community College Program

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday announced a proposal that President Barack Obama said would make community college “free for everybody who is willing to work for it.” But administration officials provided no details about the program’s costs or where the money would come to pay for it.

Obama planned to formally announce the plan Friday at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He gave a preview in a videotaped message shot aboard Air Force One and posted on Facebook.

“It’s not just for kids,” Obama said. “We also have to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits.”

Obama provided few specifics, and White House and Education Department officials on a conference call with reporters Thursday evening said the funding details would come out later with the president’s budget.

The White House did say that if…

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Reality TV Star Teresa Giudice Slated For Early Release From Prison

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DANBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Just days after she reported to prison, officials announced Thursday that reality TV star Teresa Giudice is slated for an early release.

The Bureau of Prisons has cut the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star’s 15-month sentence by 54 days, CBS2 has learned.

She could also get additional days shaved off for good behavior.

Giudice reported to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, on Monday morning to begin serving a her sentence for bankruptcy fraud.

She and husband Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice pleaded guilty last year and admitted hiding assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitting phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes totaling more than $200,000.

At the Giudices’ sentencing in October, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas criticized the couple for not disclosing all their assets as required…

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